Today I am sharing with you my Perfect Go-To Royal Icing Recipe. I’ve incorporated many of the ingredients that will make it stable to hold up to textured designs, smooth to fill a cookie evenly and cleanly, and strong enough to hold it’s color without bleeding on your work.
I’ve been using this royal icing recipe for years and I’m sure you will find it to be an all-star! I used the royal icing pictured above to decorate the cookies shown below. This is my royal icing recipe that I use for all of my sugar cookie designs. This recipe can be thinned out by adding a bit of water to create a flood consistency or let thickened to create texture and dimension on your sugar cookie creations! See my home bakery at by clicking on the highlighted text to see other sugar cookies that I’ve created with this recipe!
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2 lbs powdered sugar
5 tbsp meringue powder
3 tsp flavored extract (oil-free)
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp corn syrup
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbs white dye
1 tsp salt
Begin by measuring the meringue powder and adding it in with the powdered sugar.
Add the sugar and meringue powder to the bowl of your mixer and let it mix together. I do not sift the sugar, I just add it from the bag.
Add in the cream of tartar and salt.
Let it mix in the mixer on stir for a couple of seconds just to mix together well.
Add the oil-free extracts, and salt directly into the measuring cup, then add warm water up to 1/2 cup
Add the water directly to the bowl of the mixer and let it stir on the lowest setting possible
The icing may look really thick, if it is too thick, I add only 1/8 more water and let it mix in well.
At this point, add in the corn syrup and white food coloring directly to the mixing bowl and let it mix.
It will look thick and creamy and smooth.
And you’re done!
Want to know what the additions mean, why do we sometimes use corn syrup and cream of tartar in our royal icing recipes? Stay tuned for my next post 9 Tips for Mastering Royal Icing!
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